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The Voices

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  969 ratings  ·  204 reviews
In the scorching summer of 1976 the hottest since records began Christopher Norton, his wife Laura and their young daughter Faye settle into their new home in north London. The faded glory of the Victorian house is the perfect place for Norton, a composer of film soundtracks, to build a recording studio of his own. But soon in the long, oppressively hot nights, Laura begin ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published May 8th 2014 by Pan Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Tressa Yes, I was disappointed this was never cleared up. I thought Simon was meeting men on the side, and that his lukewarm marriage is because he's a…moreYes, I was disappointed this was never cleared up. I thought Simon was meeting men on the side, and that his lukewarm marriage is because he's a closet homosexual. At one point I thought maybe Christopher was meeting men too because of the shoe evidence, but then he had that affair with Amanda. But this book doesn't make sense in several places. (less)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201...

To some, The Voices is going to be just another haunted house ghost story. To others, it will be one of the most terrifying books you’ll ever read. I’ll admit I came very close to not reading this, simply because the novel’s description made it sound much too scary. As a parent of a toddler, I had a feeling this one might cut to close for comfort and give me nightmares. But true to form, in the end I just couldn’t resist a
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Diane S ☔
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 what a fine story teller Tallis is as he has proved with his Liebermann series. This is a stand alone, about a house, a couple and their young infant. From the beginning things are just not right with the house, husband and wife concealing many of the events from the other. Not horrifically scary but insidiously creepy. As the husband learns of the magician who had owned the house previously, the wife slowly deteriorates.

The last half of the book takes a turn I was not expecting and the end
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Lynda
May 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love a good paranormal story but this is not one of them.
Set back in the very hot summer of 1976 the spooky house is bought and renovated by a young couple.

The guy is into music and sets up a sound studio.. his job is music for films.
The girl who was a model has her baby.. all nice and cosy up to now.
Then mumble voices on the sound studio tapes and on the baby monitor.

Guy thinks "great make music to dead peoples voices"!
Girl thinks.. "oh my baby is in danger"!

The story then falls apart for me.
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Helen Christer
Disappointing.. thought the story initially was good but yet the writer seemed to loose the momentum of the plot and be drawn into unnecessary side stories which added nothing to the main story.
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Okay... Well... I don't know what to say. This succeeded on some levels but failed on others. I was rapt but the ending doesn't make any sense. No, no, you don't get away with giving such a vague ending. There was no explanation at all. No reasons why. We're not told what happens to Laura either and why them? That makes no sense either.

But this is horror that kept me rapt for much of this book so I gave it three stars. Decent horror, all in all, is really hard to find these days.
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
This probably would have been a 4 star review if it weren't for the ending. I feel like I was left with a lot of unanswered questions...
Ginger Nuts
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Horror while being a genre that is in a constant state of innovation, is also a genre that likes its staples. Just go and check the shelves, you will find numerous zombie novels, and numerous vampire books. You will also find what is probably the Granddaddy of all horror staples, the Haunted House story. When you consider the heritage and the vast period of time that these books have occupied a space on your dusty bookshelf it is surprising that these books still have the power to unsettle a rea ...more
Paula Cappa
I have to say this novel is highly suspenseful and mysterious. It certainly falls into the "quiet horror" subgenre, which I like very much. Personally though, I found Tallis' style of writing, his formal narrative distance of "storytelling" failed to go deep enough for me. As a reader, I like to be inside the skin of the characters and feel their fears and emotions with them on the page. With Chris and Laura, I felt more like an observer, watching from the outside as they struggled through their ...more
Adam Nevill
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing in the fine vein he set up in The Sleep Room, Tallis invests various modern periods with the true spirit of the Gothic - seventies London here. Always a compelling scientific angle in his stories, matched by enigmatic suggestions of the supernatural. One of the best modern writers of horror novels in my book.
Leah
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uses imagery and atmosphere to evoke an insidious foreboding that the reader feels long before it's acknowledged on a conscious level.

The Voices was the very definition of what I think of as psychological horror. The majority of the story's pages were devoted to its characters' inner thoughts, relationships with one another, and ins and outs of their careers. Accordingly, the pace, although consistent, was quite slow. Not as slow as a sloth, more a snail's pace. I'm a huge fan of the slow-burn s
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Claire
Mar 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was a huge waste of my time.

The author clearly thinks that replacing words with their thesaurus counterparts constitutes good writing. It doesn't. I enjoy reading, but the amount of unnecessarily complicated words really threw me off. I don't mind high language, in fact I enjoy it, but not when a simple word would do the job twice as well!

The plot left a lot to be desired. Nothing really happened until the end, and that was very 'wham, bam, thank you, Ma'am'. The characters are flat a
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Holly Vane
Jun 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tripe
Oh my God! Where to start....
First off spotted this in my local bookshop and sounding like my thing, bought it. Worst thing i ever did! What drivel! It's my policy to not put other people's work down but this didn't just suck! It made me flippin' angry! None of the characters are likable, but you do start to feel for Laura and Faye for having a pig like Christopher in their lives!
The supernatural was more of a background story and i found it long winded and it droned on and on about useless thin
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Jade Hoggins
Aug 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Clunky exposition, ham-handed anvilicious lead up, awkward dialogue and actual spelling mistakes, this would have benefited from much more vigorous editing.

The only cringing I did was in response to the writing.
Tressa
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Dark Matter
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was reviewed on Dark Matter Zine; for more reviews, interviews and articles, go to Dark Matter Zine. Alternatively, this link is just to Dark Matter Zine's reviews.

A review by C J Dee

It’s the summer of 1976 in London and it is sweltering. Christopher Norton has just moved into a brand new home with his wife Laura and baby daughter Faye. At first the family is happy in their new home but strange things begin to happen. Then come the voices. The voices of those who were but are no longe
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Kate
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the 1970's, Christopher and pregnant Laura move into an interesting old house in London. Christopher writes music for films, and converts a room in the house into a recording studio. While Laura raises their young daughter Faye and grows distant, Christopher finds strange voices on his recordings, voices in many languages, both male and female. The voices inspire him to create original work. When Laura hears the voices, however, she becomes alarmed and fearful for their daughter - she believe ...more
Sam
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It takes me a lot to pick up a book by a new author however from reading the back cover F.R. Tallis 'The Voices' proved quite promising.
It started off fairly well with subtle spooky happenings in an old Victorian house which definitely set the climax ready for something big and scary however I noticed further into the book a lot of things that were mentioned e.g. Laura's estranged relationship with her parents, the wind-up monkey toy and the clanking of the chains were left unexplored, their pur
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Susan Zinner
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and chilling story about an English couple and their young daughter who move into a (haunted?) house in the countryside in the 1970s and experience what may be supernatural events. Christopher, a composer, tapes what he believes are ghostly voices as he prepares to write his movie score and decides to incorporate them into a big master work. Big mistake! As his wife drifts away from him and their young daughter appears to be talking to someone they can't see, the family is definitely m ...more
Maaike
Haunting.

That's about the only word i have for this book. I got frustrated at some points in the book by how slow it was going, i just wanted something to happen already. But, looking back now that i have read the whole book, it was brilliantly written. The ending was horrifying. I could have guessed, of course, that that room was going to be what they would stumble up on but reading it, seeing it in writing made me cry, honestly. I felt so sorry for Laura, and Christopher of course and poor, po
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Cheryl
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
House with a history renovated by successful parents of an infant daughter...atmospheric, supernatural thriller that provides no easy answers and no pat conclusions. Loved it!
Danni The Girl
The blurb for this book got me hooked straight away.
I would say the first 150 pages held my attention really well, it actually started to frighten me, then the story for me lulled until towards the end it picked up again but I just finished the book feeling I wanted something more.
A husband and wife move into a house and have a baby. She is an ex model and he is a music composer, I felt there was just too much boring talk about his work, I know it was linked, but it was so boring I skim read o
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mary
Subtle ghost story that slowly and relentlessly builds a sense of dread over the course of an eerily hot London summer in the ‘70s. Masterfully written to produce an inevitable and unavoidable sorrow. Chilling.

I won’t forget this one.

Highly recommended - I have read scores and scores of ghost stories, and few have haunted me as this one has.
Afsana
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-before-2018
I really liked the ending, very unexpected. The entire book was slow but it had a mystery that kept me reading and entertained.
Kimberly Johnson
Parts of the story line were intriguing, and other parts dragged. Some parts were spooky and others mundane. I would like for there to be a sequel, to tie up all of the loose ends flapping in the breeze....
Majanka
Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/...

At the start of The Voices, Christopher Norton and his wife, Laura, purchase a new home. The home happens to be at least a century old, and from the moment she sets foot inside the house, Laura starts having weird sensations. At first, she thinks it’s her imagination, or her pregnancy. But the longer they spend in the house, after they move there with their newborn daughter, Faye, the more they’re troubled by strange
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Sierra
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by A Simple Taste for Reading:

Christopher Norton and his wife, Laura, purchase a new home. The home happens to be at least a century old, and from the moment she sets foot inside the house, Laura starts having weird sensations. At first, she thinks it’s her imagination, or her pregnancy. But the longer they spend in the house, after they move there with their newborn daughter, Faye, the more they’re troubled by strange events.

Chris composes film soundtracks in the studio he build in the
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Liz Barnsley
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Publication Date 8th May 2014 from Pan Macmillan.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via netgalley.

In the scorching summer of 1976 – the hottest since records began – Christopher Norton, his wife Laura and their young daughter Faye settle into their new home in north London. The faded glory of the Victorian house is the perfect place for Norton, a composer of film soundtracks, to build a recording studio of his own. But soon in the long, oppressively hot nights, Laura begin
...more
Karen
Dec 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re in the mood for a good paranormal thriller, this isn’t it. This book is a VERY watered down version of the movie ‘White Noise’ with Michael Keaton. Except, the movie was sooo much better.
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95% of the book revolves around dull, self-center characters muddling through life. The wife, miserable about the mistakes she made in her youth, becomes depressed and self-absorbed. The husband is either consumed with his work or desperately trying to have sex with his wife –
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Rebecca
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As much as I love the horror genre, I haven't really read many horror novels so I am working on remedying that. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from The Voices, but from its description it sounded like it could be a good scary novel.

The Voices starts off feeling kind of cliche and there are a couple of the typical tropes that I am sick of encountering so I felt like that was a bit annoying to be honest. I felt like the author was trying to put personality into some of the characters by int
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Stephanie
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the Militant Recommender Book Review Blog:
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The Voices by F.R. Tallis is a very, very creepy ghost story and maybe one you'll want to read in daylight. It haunted me for days after I read it so be prepared! It begins in 1974, and Christopher Norton, an electronic musician and scorer of film soundtracks and his beautiful, former model wife, Laura, who is pregnant, contemplate a move into an old estate in a desirable suburb of London. As they wander aroun
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